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Peyton watched Super Bowl tape on first day of offseason work

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The Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning had a Super Bowl to forget, but not a Super Bowl they think they can afford to ignore.

Manning and Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp made watching the tape of their loss to the Seahawks their first priority when they got together on the first day of offseason work, reasoning that enough time had passed for the pain to dissipate — while also reasoning that if they didn’t examine why their offense struggled so much against the Seahawks’ defense, they wouldn’t know how to fix it when they face the Seahawks again in Week Three of the regular season.

“The first day back in the building, we watched the Super Bowl,” Knapp told ESPN. “I told him the day after the game we were going to watch it when he came back, not right then, but the first day he was back, and we were going to watch it without the emotion of what just happened. And that was step one.”

Manning said he doesn’t think he can get better until he identifies where he went wrong.

“If you ever feel like that’s not important — like, ‘Hey, I don’t need to watch last season; I know what we did; I know what I did wrong’ — no, you don’t know,” Manning said. “You need to watch it. Watch the bad plays. It’s not fun to watch bad plays, to sit there and say, ‘That’s a bad decision’ and ‘That’s a really bad decision’ and ‘Horrible read.’ . . . No matter how old you are, you need to go into that prepared to be constructively criticized and learn how to grow out of the mistakes every year.”

That’s the right approach. Even if it was the least enjoyable film session of Manning’s career.

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  1. dalcow4 says: Jul 18, 2014 1:48 PM

    The Chargers showed how to beat Manning and then the Seahawks took that lesson and combined it with their superior personnel and destroyed the Broncos.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 18, 2014 1:50 PM

    Hey look Peyton…. Seattle scored again…

  3. gobroncos816 says: Jul 18, 2014 1:51 PM

    “Manning said he doesn’t think he can get better until he identifies where he went wrong.”

    This is why he is the best in history.

    Inevitably, just like anytime someone mentions Peyton, a thousand people will call him a choker and he did have a bad Superbowl. The whole team had a bad superbowl and the coaching staff was thoroughly outcoached in all facets.

  4. qdog112 says: Jul 18, 2014 1:52 PM

    Hope they didn’t let him watch alone for safety reasons. I also hope he had a vomit container handy.

  5. cardmagnet says: Jul 18, 2014 1:53 PM

    That’s like Rodney King going back to watch the video of his police sponsored beating.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 18, 2014 1:54 PM

    “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry….”.

  7. cletusvandam says: Jul 18, 2014 1:54 PM

    Peyton is watching tape, “Johnny Football” is partying in Vegas.

  8. ragnarthegreat says: Jul 18, 2014 1:55 PM

    there are plenty of people out there who don’t like Peyton, but the guy is a professional. Bronco’s got thoroughly trounced though. I hope is O line is watching with the same intensity and maybe the whole defense….

  9. patriotsdefense says: Jul 18, 2014 1:57 PM

    Broncos had one of the weakest schedules last year. Let’s see how they played with a harder calendar of games and an improved division.

  10. brokebackbrees says: Jul 18, 2014 1:57 PM

    Looked at the tape and thought “wow! I can’t believe how well PEDs work”

  11. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 18, 2014 1:57 PM

    That’s a bad decision?
    That’s a really bad decision?
    Horrible read?
    How I wish defeated athletes would simply say the other guys were better. Being in denial solves nothing.

  12. thepftpoet says: Jul 18, 2014 1:58 PM

    Congrats Peyton Manning for the Super Bowl win last year!

    Yes the Broncos did win it.

    The Seahawks spent the whole season taking PEDs and cheating so it doesn’t count for then.

    Congrats Broncos fans!

  13. 4thquartermagic says: Jul 18, 2014 1:59 PM

    The ultimate professional.

    Have no idea how he can watch that horror show.

    Couldn’t even cheer for ONE SECOND of that game. Literally one second.

    Team let us down.

  14. ariani1985 says: Jul 18, 2014 2:00 PM

    I would rather watch the video of elway steam rolling the hapless green bay defense in the super bowl!

  15. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jul 18, 2014 2:00 PM

    Mann idk about Peyton this year. His deep accuracy is suspect and his schedule last year.. Well go look at how easy it is. Otherwise idk if I can explain it.

  16. slugbaitspace says: Jul 18, 2014 2:03 PM

    …and the thepftpoet rubs a little lemon juice into Bronco fans wounds.

  17. bassplucker says: Jul 18, 2014 2:06 PM

    Did the center who screwed up the snap — resulting in a safety on the very first play of the game — watch, too?

    That set the tone for the whole game, IMO.

  18. soldyou says: Jul 18, 2014 2:11 PM

    He missed the best part…..the commercials

  19. msc4realeagles says: Jul 18, 2014 2:12 PM

    Elway lost worse to the 49ers. 55-10 I believe. He won two more later. Can Peyton do the same? I think he gets one more before he retires. I hope so. He deserves it. All you Manning haters, learn a little class, go make $100 million+, come on back, then we will listen to your critiques. -Not a Broncos Fan

  20. schmokes says: Jul 18, 2014 2:13 PM

    He’s not the only one who watched that tape. All the defenses that play him this year have been studying it as well. Here comes the Super Bowl slump.

  21. dmuehlhausen says: Jul 18, 2014 2:14 PM

    This is why people have a problem with Manziel partying all the time.

    Nobody is saying he’s anywhere near Peyton in skills, but that is all the more reason that every day possible he can be working on the game he should be. He isn’t skilled enough to just coast, and go party

  22. calvinthegreat82 says: Jul 18, 2014 2:14 PM

    He should be watching Lions Tape! Because that’s he will face this year!!! Lions are the best team in the NFL, not even a question.

  23. jetsmmt says: Jul 18, 2014 2:15 PM

    And the Patriots are watching Peyton with their unmanned x-ray vision drones.

  24. garyridgway says: Jul 18, 2014 2:15 PM

    Was it as good for you as it was for me?

    Go Hawks!

  25. hakunamangata says: Jul 18, 2014 2:16 PM

    It’s a team game, but before everyone piles on Peyton just ask yourself this; where would the broncos have been without him?

    And this is coming from a Ravens fan, but the day he retires will be a sad one. Consummate professional who has more class than 98% of the league.

  26. sdelmonte says: Jul 18, 2014 2:19 PM

    And doesn’t even get to watch the commercials. Though these days, they’re not that funny anymore.

  27. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 18, 2014 2:20 PM

    “You need to watch it. Watch the bad plays. It’s not fun to watch bad plays, to sit there and say, ‘That’s a bad decision’ and ‘That’s a really bad decision’ and ‘Horrible read.’”
    ______

    Now you know how Christian Ponder feels in every film session.

  28. scrp2 says: Jul 18, 2014 2:25 PM

    You can beat the Seahawks. Did they watch the Arizona Cardinal tape? That should have been their game plan. I think they thought they were just going run their regular offense. That and that stupid horse galloping out at the beginning of the game. When I saw that horse I thought they were gonna lose.

  29. dethsupport says: Jul 18, 2014 2:25 PM

    I’m embarrassed for his embarrassment.

  30. doe22us says: Jul 18, 2014 2:27 PM

    calvinthegreat82 says:
    Jul 18, 2014 2:14 PM
    He should be watching Lions Tape! Because that’s he will face this year!!! Lions are the best team in the NFL, not even a question.

    Bartender, yep, I will have what he is having.

  31. uglydingo says: Jul 18, 2014 2:28 PM

    One of the greatest players of all time, but he choked badly when he missed the first snap. Broncos were killed on the day and he deserves a lot of the blame. His panic was evident to all his teammates by his screaming. In contrast young Russell Wilson was better composed and handled the pressure of the event much better.
    Peyton can look at the tape 100 times but he won’t learn anything new from it. He should really be looking in the mirror.

  32. ragnarthegreat says: Jul 18, 2014 2:28 PM

    Hey Denver’s schedule might have been easy, but the playoffs aren’t.

  33. ripwarrior says: Jul 18, 2014 2:29 PM

    Jim Ross did a great recap of the SB. google it.

  34. cdhuntington says: Jul 18, 2014 2:29 PM

    “Congrats Peyton Manning for the Super Bowl win last year!

    Yes the Broncos did win it.

    The Seahawks spent the whole season taking PEDs and cheating so it doesn’t count for then.

    Congrats Broncos fans!”

    So stupid because anyone who plays in the league is on something.

  35. 12444uggg says: Jul 18, 2014 2:31 PM

    The only thing I’ll remember about this game was the first snap going over 18’s head. I’ve had few moments in my sports watching life that clued me in that “it’s over”, so early in a game of any sort.

  36. norcalseahawkfan says: Jul 18, 2014 2:32 PM

    The Broncos wouldn’t even make it to the Super Bowl without Manning. He is that good. He needs more help from his team to win it.

  37. officialgame says: Jul 18, 2014 2:33 PM

    And he learned that he was a gluten for punishment.

  38. weepingjebus says: Jul 18, 2014 2:34 PM

    I would have paid all the money to be able to sit there and watch it with him. Can we make this a charity event or something? “The Susan G. Komen Peyton Weeps Into Your Lap For The Cure” Event.

  39. psuorioles says: Jul 18, 2014 2:37 PM

    Why are people talking about Manziel, when this is about Peyton???

  40. therealtrenches says: Jul 18, 2014 2:37 PM

    Something tells me the Broncos get *further* from the grail this year, not closer to it.

  41. abqhawk says: Jul 18, 2014 2:44 PM

    He couldn’t have watched them from home. I understand someone painted a 20 yard line around it and he was unable to cross it for 2 weeks.

  42. txraiderfan says: Jul 18, 2014 2:45 PM

    That’s why Greg Knapp should be the OC in Denver

  43. truths4all says: Jul 18, 2014 2:51 PM

    Since Peyton Manning has ended every one of his NFL seasons but one with a loss, this exercise is not new to him nor is facing his mistakes in everyone of those losses.

  44. discountdoublecheck says: Jul 18, 2014 2:53 PM

    Why are people talking about Manziel, when this is about Peyton???
    =================================

    Simple…because while people want to defend Johnny and say ‘oh he’s young let him do what he wants and live it up’ (which is fair to an extent)…the fact remains that Peyton, who has always been known as the consummate professional is watching tape on the most embarrassing loss of his long storied career in order to get better.

    Sorry, but love Johnny Football or hate him (I don’t feel strongly about him one way or the other), I’ll take someone with Manning’s level of professionalism and work ethic over someone who would rather party with Bieber in Vegas than throw with his WR’s.

  45. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 18, 2014 2:53 PM

    Gluten punishment

  46. qdog112 says: Jul 18, 2014 2:54 PM

    “Did the center who screwed up the snap — resulting in a safety on the very first play of the game — watch, too?

    That set the tone for the whole game, IMO.”
    *************
    If the center screwed up, why did the entire offensive line fire off on the snap? Try watching it again.

    That was Peyton’s error, not the center.

  47. kwgator says: Jul 18, 2014 2:55 PM

    Still better than any Jack Black film

    — Peyton

  48. napalm101 says: Jul 18, 2014 3:00 PM

    Notice how the report starts out with “The Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning”? Manning is not a part of the Broncos NFL team, and never will be…

  49. joetoronto says: Jul 18, 2014 3:04 PM

    He saw what we saw, himself and that loser posture of his we see in the playoffs.

  50. puntonfirstdown says: Jul 18, 2014 3:06 PM

    That look on his face when the ball was sailing past his head at the start of the game was absolutely priceless.

  51. singisking says: Jul 18, 2014 3:07 PM

    Keep watching tape all you want. won’t help you grow any intestinal fortitude for the biggest of moments though

  52. seatownballers says: Jul 18, 2014 3:08 PM

    Denver has increased their defense 2 fold. Making it to playoffs with their eyes closed

  53. rhett16 says: Jul 18, 2014 3:08 PM

    Immediately after watching it did he throw the offensive line under the bus?

  54. blackbeard43 says: Jul 18, 2014 3:15 PM

    Just get a better O-line, that’s all there is. With just an xtra sec. in the pocket he can dispatch any secondary

  55. hakunamangata says: Jul 18, 2014 3:15 PM

    doctorrustbelt says: Jul 18, 2014 2:53 PM

    Gluten punishment

    They forced him to eat cake while he watched it?

  56. palatypus says: Jul 18, 2014 3:16 PM

    hakunamangata says:
    Jul 18, 2014 2:16 PM
    It’s a team game, but before everyone piles on Peyton just ask yourself this; where would the broncos have been without him?

    And this is coming from a Ravens fan, but the day he retires will be a sad one. Consummate professional who has more class than 98% of the league.

    *******

    After the Broncos play the Rams this season, I’m sure we are going to see Brock Osweiler at quarterback.

  57. schmitty2 says: Jul 18, 2014 3:20 PM

    The Broncos are still a top team. That SB beatdown was a result of superior coaching and physical play. Considering they play 4 punishing defenses from the NFC West this year he and the team have their work cut out for them.

  58. tncheese says: Jul 18, 2014 3:30 PM

    I’d venture to say that no one preps like Peyton. Greatest of all time.

  59. themars211 says: Jul 18, 2014 3:35 PM

    “Did the center who screwed up the snap — resulting in a safety on the very first play of the game — watch, too?

    That set the tone for the whole game, IMO.”
    *************
    If the center screwed up, why did the entire offensive line fire off on the snap? Try watching it again.

    That was Peyton’s error, not the center.
    ………………………………….

    I watched every Bronco’s game last year. Peyton does that on every play. That was absolutely on the center.

  60. bucsorbust says: Jul 18, 2014 3:37 PM

    Showmanship here is all. Peyton and everybody else knows what went wrong: The Broncos lost to the better team on that particular day. It happens in football. Denver was one of only 2 of 32 teams who made it that far. I’m sure most of the players are saying themselves, “C’mon man. We’re AFC champs. Let’s try again, but it’s not like we failed.” What’s he going to do, drop his shoulder? Re-set his feet? Change his progressions? No…not gonna find out why on anything. But will grab a bunch of press.

  61. henke1966 says: Jul 18, 2014 3:51 PM

    You all read an awful lot into one game. Seattle dominated Denver and they were the best team in the NFL last year. The year before it was Baltimore and before that it was the Giants. Last season was great if you’re a seahawks fan, for the rest of us it’s history. It’s time to move on, the new year is coming., and most likely, so is a new champion.

  62. kuranda84 says: Jul 18, 2014 3:54 PM

    That’s why he’s the best.

    -Seahawks fan

  63. sb44champs says: Jul 18, 2014 3:55 PM

    Even if it was the least enjoyable film session of Manning’s career.
    ===========================
    That Pick 6 by Tracy Porter in SB44 had to up there in the Top 2 or 3

  64. deeppurple13 says: Jul 18, 2014 3:56 PM

    GOAT…It has been a pleasure to watch Manning throughout his career. The Super Bowl loss was a true team effort. It will be a sad day when Peyton retires, class act and once in a generation talent and work ethic.

    MJ is the only athlete of our era at the top of his game that I can think of without loss in any Championship game or series. Too much is made that Peyton has lost in Super Bowls. Tom Brady has lost multiple Super Bowls, Lebron James has lost multiple NBA finals as well. Ali didn’t win every fight. Watching Manning totally dominate most opponents and make them look silly is the highlight of my Sundays. Just like the NBA when Jordan retired, the game won’t be the same when Manning’s gone.

    From a Vikings fan.

  65. baddegg says: Jul 18, 2014 4:00 PM

    8to80texansblog says:
    Jul 18, 2014 1:50 PM
    Hey look Peyton…. Seattle scored again…

    —————

    This is why Peyton is great. He gets to work and lets others who have never accomplished anything as big as him chime in with their snarky comments.

  66. gooboy6 says: Jul 18, 2014 4:03 PM

    8to80texansblog says: Jul 18, 2014 1:50 PM

    Hey look Peyton…. Seattle scored again…
    —————————————————–

    LOL

  67. gooboy6 says: Jul 18, 2014 4:05 PM

    MANNING IS A YEAR OLDER…DONKEES GO DOWN

  68. kuranda84 says: Jul 18, 2014 4:07 PM

    “Did the center who screwed up the snap — resulting in a safety on the very first play of the game — watch, too?

    That set the tone for the whole game, IMO.”
    *************
    If the center screwed up, why did the entire offensive line fire off on the snap? Try watching it again.

    That was Peyton’s error, not the center.
    ………………………………….

    I watched every Bronco’s game last year. Peyton does that on every play. That was absolutely on the center.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    If that one play set the tone and ruined the whole game for them then shame on the Broncos. Do you remember the NFC Title Game? Do you remember that Wilson fumbled and gave the 9ers the ball in the red zone on the very first possession of the game? That didn’t psych them out. They bounced back and won the game. So shame on the Broncos is one play set the tone for the entire game for them.

  69. jphavig says: Jul 18, 2014 4:08 PM

    Greg Knapp!? Bawhahahahaha, good luck with that Donkeys!

  70. dickshotdogs says: Jul 18, 2014 4:17 PM

    Ohhhh, the pain.

  71. coachkilla6 says: Jul 18, 2014 4:22 PM

    The Seahawks scored more points in less than 3 qtrs than the horrid Vikings have scored in 16 quarters of failed Super Bowl games.

    #arianiismydisgruntledexwife

  72. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 18, 2014 4:48 PM

    Brutal. MY EYES, TURN IT OFF.

  73. palatypus says: Jul 18, 2014 4:52 PM

    henke1966 says:
    Jul 18, 2014 3:51 PM
    You all read an awful lot into one game. Seattle dominated Denver and they were the best team in the NFL last year. The year before it was Baltimore and before that it was the Giants. Last season was great if you’re a seahawks fan, for the rest of us it’s history. It’s time to move on, the new year is coming., and most likely, so is a new champion.

    ***

    The Ravens and Giants didn’t win by 5 touchdowns against the “Greatest Offense of All Time”.

  74. kcflake says: Jul 18, 2014 4:53 PM

    Peyton watched Super Bowl tape on first day of offseason work, AND CRIED

  75. razon04 says: Jul 18, 2014 5:36 PM

    I as a fan, with no involvement with the team, can’t stand to watch the GB-Den Super Bowl that occurred almost 20 years ago.

    Can’t imagine as a player or coach having to watch a game like that. But if I was a player or coach I would. If I was a coach, I would keep clips ready, nothing like a loss to get you going.

  76. scw1993 says: Jul 18, 2014 6:23 PM

    Why is it when mannings team is winning, it’s because of him, but when manning’s team loses, all of a sudden it’s the fault of the rest of the team”we didn’t play well.” Manning has yet to give credit to the Seahawks, who steamrolled him in the SB. 43 – 8 megahead. Let’s see how you do this year with a harder schedule. Who are you going to blame this year?

  77. carbonriver says: Jul 18, 2014 6:37 PM

    Hawks fan who was at the game and the issue with that game wasn’t Manning other than his inability to toss a deep ball which makes him a bit predictable at this age. His receivers couldn’t get any yards after the catch. And any coach who turns down the speakers in practice when up against the Hawks should be fired for incompetence, the safety is the on the coach. Manning set the record for passing in a SB and still got crushed.

    I know the Denver fans are excited about the improved D, but I will be really curious to see how the Week 3 game goes when a Hawks offense that has gotten younger and faster goes up against a Denver team that is still pretty old overall.

  78. raiderapologist says: Jul 18, 2014 8:44 PM

    Did Manning watch with his eyes open? During the game he was throwing the ball with his eyes shut tight.

  79. golynxgo says: Jul 18, 2014 10:15 PM

    Viking fans watch their team lose all the time
    It has been so long since that team has been there that they watch the Loss to the Saints in the NFC Championship game instead

  80. gowhitten says: Jul 18, 2014 11:48 PM

    When there is nothing to watch on TV, I watch the Super Bowl again. The look on Mannings face on the first snap is priceless.

  81. mysterytonite says: Jul 19, 2014 1:01 AM

    Watching Peyton Manning in the playoffs is like watching any volume of Throat Gaggers. You seen one, you have seen them all. There will be lots of regurgitation and many tears are going to run, but they are so fun to watch.

  82. dvdheg says: Jul 19, 2014 1:59 AM

    the looks on peyton’s and elways faces during the superbowl? priceless!

  83. denverbornsacraised says: Jul 19, 2014 2:41 AM

    We will be fine manning haters that are hawks fans call him a choker because he only one 1 superbowl lol do he got as many rings as the sea shells do in the history of the franchise think about it? Broncos fan out

  84. lolo376 says: Jul 19, 2014 7:23 AM

    Where he went wrong is easy, biggest QB choker in playoff history, now in Super Bowl lol

  85. higheriqthanyou says: Jul 19, 2014 11:05 AM

    Everyone wants to talk about improvement but Seattle likely improved more than anyone.

    The defense is essentially intact but with another year of experience. The one possible downside is stopping the run. But Red and Clem really struggled late last season.

    The offensive line was hurt and played rookies all year. They’re now experienced and added depth.

    The running game was hurt last year by injured receivers which allowed teams to stack the box. This hurt Wilson and Lynch. This year the receivers will improve dramatically – especially the speed. No more stacking the box. Plus Michael adds another dimension of speed.

    Teams will find themselves trying to play catch up and Denver can tell you that’s no fun against the Hawks.

  86. higheriqthanyou says: Jul 19, 2014 11:30 AM

    It wouldn’t have mattered who was at QB in the SB they would have been squashed.

    SBs are not won by teams who rely solely (or close enough) on the pass.

    Ask Dan Marino.

    The closest may have been Kurt Warner and the Cards but they were more balanced, with a better defense than Denver.

    Manning is a victim of his own success. First, he’s too expensive. And second, he demands a focus on the passing game.

  87. seahawksbmx says: Jul 19, 2014 11:51 AM

    “I’d venture to say that no one preps like Peyton. Greatest of all time.”
    ———-
    Very similar words were said by “undersized” 3rd Round draft pick, Russell Wilson, a mere 3 years ago. RW recognized that talent alone will not get you to the mountaintop (pay attention, Manziel) and has emulated Peyton’s relentless work ethic and preparation for the game to put himself on the fast track to a great career.
    PFM18 and RW3 have given us the blueprint how to achieve success; not just in football, but in life.

  88. seahawksbmx says: Jul 19, 2014 11:55 AM

    *2 years ago. Damnit.

  89. bigdhawk says: Jul 19, 2014 12:18 PM

    It’s one thing to say that you did some things wrong and want to find out how to correct them. It’s another thing entirely to then suppose that had those mistakes not been made success would have been achieved.

    The Broncos’ blowout loss was not the result of correctable, unforced errors, but rather the result of errors forced upon them by the superior talent and execution of Seattle’s defense and the hostile environment created by the 12s.

    No amount of film study will correct what went wrong for Denver in the Super Bowl. It can only be corrected by getting better than the team that blew them out, which they did not come close to doing by signing a bunch of down-trending, big-name FAs to future cap-busting, win-now contracts.

  90. Savage Lizard says: Jul 19, 2014 2:19 PM

    Another article blowing Peyton for doing the exact same thing most every other QB in the league does: watch film. It is incredible how much the media plays up that angle for Manning, you would think nobody else studies or practices in the offseason. Just watch any Broncos game this year. At some point (probably more than once) there will be a shot of Manning sitting on the sidelines looking at the formation photos in a notebook. EVERY GAME this will happen because it perpetuates the storyline. Meanwhile EVERY OTHER TEAM in the NFL uses that same technology and every other QB in the NFL also looks at those formation photos, but you rarely see that shot. Broncos games it’s MANDATORY.

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